There were a few lines within the reading that really stuck out to me and I wrote them down to reference and discuss them in greater detail. For example, “Error, in effect, serves its purpose as a corrective – what keeps purpose on purpose and tasks on goal” (7)
I found this quote particularly useful when it comes to understanding how error works in not just computers, but in society as well. When an error occurs, the problem is found and solutions as well are found to fix that error. Error is what keeps things going and what allows society to function. A perfect system cannot exist because errors are what makes the system perfect.
Which leads me to the next quote I found interesting; “…[E]rror is increasingly programmed out of (and therefore, ironically into, by way of error handling messages and feedback responses) social and market processes…” (8). Try as much as we do program error out of computers and society, errors will always occur and need to occur. Its what brings attention to a system and allows the system to grow and function, sometimes better than before. By finding the error and correcting it, the system evolves and changes to be more efficient. The film, The Matrix, for example, is all about systems and systems of control and discusses error to a large extent. Those who escape the Matrix are the results of error in the system and, as the movie explains, the same error occurred over and over again and the machines learned how to “fix” the error more quickly and efficiently each time, therefore, becoming more perfect of a system. What I gathered from this reading is that error is necessary for a system to function and to become perfect.